March 29, 2023 at 1:39 p.m.
Arthur J. Van Heel, 91, died peacefully March 21, 2023, in Albany, surrounded by family.
A funeral Mass will be at 11:30 a.m., Monday, April 3, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with the Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. A family inurnment will be held at a later date. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Sunday, April 2, and 10:30-11:30 a.m., April 3, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport.
Art enjoyed playing cards, especially 500 and solo. He was a veteran, having served in the Air Force during the Korean War. After those years, he worked on the railroad for 15 years. The majority of his working years were at the Corner Store in Freeport, where he was employed for 52 years. Art was active in the community, serving as a Freeport volunteer firefighter for 20 years and for the city of Freeport serving as a city council member for 20 years. He also did volunteer work for Meals on Wheels for 15 years. Art was a long-time Sacred Heart Church parishioner and a member of the St. Joseph Society.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy (Reller) Van Heel of Melrose; children Steven (Kay Snyder) Van Heel of Sauk Rapids, Linda (Steven) Shook of Burnsville, Jane (Terry) Heidgerken of St. Louis Park, Lisa (Steven) Mathre of Northfield, and James (Missy Hodge) Van Heel of Phoenix, Arizona; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters Marion Huschle of Bagley, Fran Van Heel of Roseville, Virgil Van Heel of Loveland, Colorado, and Bernice Roering of Albany; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Art was preceded in death by his parents; son Gary; brothers Elmer and Bob Van Heel; and sisters Leona Schloegl, Lorraine Bierschbach, Valeria Schrantz and Louise Minette.